Saracens lock George Kruis dropped from England squad to face Australia

Meanwhile Harlequins prop Joe Marler will make his England comeback after being retained

Meanwhile Harlequins prop Joe Marler will make his England comeback after being retained

England head coach Eddie Jones has left second row George Kruis out of his initial 25-man squad for next Saturday's autumn worldwide showdown with Australia.

Leicester prop Ellis Genge has also been released, meaning Joe Marler - suspended for the Pumas' visit - will be involved in the 23-man squad Jones will name Thursday.

Along with Kruis and Genge, the other players who have been released back to their clubs are Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona.

Jonny May is also set to feature after shaking off a hamstring issue.

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It is the latest blow in a disappointing year for Kruis, who has suffered a number of injury setbacks and was also dropped for an error-strewn performance in the first Test of the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

The 27-year-old, a protege of England forwards coach and his former Sarries skipper Steve Borthwick, was viewed as an indispensable part of the team as recently as the Six Nations but his stock has slipped badly since.

Marler returns after completing his three-week ban for striking with the elbow and will either start or be named on the bench against Australia, depending on whether Jones decides to reduce Mako Vunipola's workload.

Lozowski is left out despite making the initial break which resulted in fellow replacement Semesa Rokoduguni's try at the weekend, while his absence hints at Owen Farrell returning to action.

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